German Shepherds are very easy to train
There is no dog breed easier to train than a well bred German Shepherd. The German Shepherd breed was created about 100 years ago to do work for man. Trainability and durability were the goals of Max von Stephanitz when he created the breed back in the early 1900’s. Captain Stephanitz (he was a cavalry officer) bred numerous German herding breeds together carefully analyzing results and fine tuning his efforts to create the outstanding breed we have today. If you have never owned a German Shepherd before and are now starting to train a German Shepherd, you have come to the right place. We will be publishing articles on a regular basis to help you train your dog to be the best canine companion you could ever want. Although our dog training information is geared for the German Shepherd breed, the information can be used to train any dog although methods might have to be altered depending on the breed.
Why should I train my German Shepherd Dog?
Frankly there is NO reason not to train your German Shepherd! The biggest reason dogs end up in shelters and rescues is because their owners get frustrated with their “bad” behaviors and are overwhelmed with trying to deal with them. Housebreaking is usually a big issue; constant barking, fighting with other dogs, chewing and destroying household articles are bad behaviors that can be corrected and are no reason to give up on the dog. But in todays busy world, electronic technology has spoiled us so that we are all looking for instant resolutions to every issue. Working with a loving companion like a German Shepherd dog requires lots of patience and consistency, the same qualities you have to have when bringing up children. Now if you don’t have that required patience then maybe dog ownership is not for you, and giving up the dog is the best resolution for everyone. That is why quality German Shepherd breeders like myself carefully vet every prospective owner with puppy applications, personal investigation, and multiple interviews before we place a German Shepherd puppy in a new home. And it is the same reason that adopting a dog from a rescue involves lots of paperwork and interviews. Dogs deserve homes where they will be loved, trained, and nurtured, and if an owner cannot do that they shouldn’t be getting a dog. Investing the time training early in your German Shepherd puppy’s life will return you with a wonderful life long companion that will always be there for you with unlimited love and loyalty.
A Good Breeder will lay the groundwork for you in training your German Shepherd puppy!
As a breeder I thoroughly check you out before you get to have one of my precious puppies. As a prospective owner you should check the breeder out also. The Internet is a great place to do your research and find out what a breeder is all about. Check the Better Business Bureau for complaints. Be sure to ask to talk to pup owners from recent litters to find out what their experience with their German Shepherd pups are. If a breeder can’t provide you with some owners that can relate their happy experience, you should proceed with caution.
From the moment our pups come out of their mother’s womb we are there to help the mom, care for pups, and nurture them. When pups are born they cannot hear or see, but they can smell. That’s how they find where the “lunch wagon” is by following their mother’s scent. As breeders we are there helping Mom give birth and handling the pups with in seconds of their birth by cleaning them; making sure they take their first breaths; helping them to feed; and making sure that human scent becomes as comforting to them as the scent of their mother. That effort alone makes a huge difference in pups bonding with their humans later in their life. I sleep in the puppy room next to the whelping box on a roll-away bed for the first 5 weeks of the pup’s lives to make sure that no accidents happen and that the pups know that the scent and sound of a human close by is a good thing. I will tell you that amateur and backyard breeders do not spend that kind of time with puppies, and that the early associative time we spend makes huge differences in their temperaments and trainability later on.
We set up our whelping box so it teaches the pups that there is a play area, a potty area, and a sleep area. As the pups get bigger, we transfer them to a puppy pen that is set up the same way. Pups will instinctively try to keep their nest clean as they learn that habit from the mother dog who keeps the whelping box clean. As gross as it seems,that is why the mother licks the pups when they urinate and defecate. It is to keep the nest clean, as dogs are inherently a clean animal. A breeder can use those clean instincts to get the puppies started out with good habits. Beware of the breeder who keeps puppies in smelly, dirty environments. There a lot of things that the breeder can do to make the new puppy owners life much less chaotic. We start to teach our pups basic obedience – sit,down, and start leash training with them so that they are easier to control when they arrive at their new home. On this page we will update with new links to puppy training information as we develop it for our site so bookmark the page and stop back often to find new information.